Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen things to know about Deputy Tempe Crabtree

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Marilyn%20Meredith%20photo Could you name Thirteen Things about your favorite character from any novel? Today, author Marilyn Meredith enchants us with Thirteen Things about her character, Deputy Tempe Crabtree from the novel, Dispel the Mist.

About the Book:
A Tulare County Supervisor, with both Native American and Mexican roots, dies under suspicious circumstances. Because of Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s own ties to the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, she’s asked to help with the investigation. To complicate matters, besides the supervisor’s husband, several others had reason to want the woman dead.

Tempe has unsettling dreams, dreams that may predict the future and bring back memories of her grandmother’s stories about the legend of the Hairy Man. Once again, Tempe’s life is threatened and this time, she fears no one will come to her rescue in time.

Thirteen Things About Deputy Tempe Crabtree
1. Tempe is Native American and the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a mountain community in the Southern Sierra.

2. She’s married to Hutch Hutchinson, a minister, who isn’t always happy when Tempe uses Indian mysticism to help solve a case.

3. As a young widow, she raised a son by herself until he was a teenager and she married Hutch. Blair is now in college studying Fire Science.

4. Tempe has disturbing dreams with scary images. Though she doesn’t understand them, often they foretell the future.

5. Former adversary, Detective Morrison, has come to rely on her to help him solve puzzling cases—especially if they involve Indians. What he doesn’t understand is because she doesn’t live on the reservation and wears a uniform, the Indians don’t trust her anymore than they do him.

6. Tempe remembers legends told to her by her grandmother when she was a child. These legends are about a creature similar to Big Foot. Tempe isn’t sure what to think about such a creature. Surely, he couldn’t possibly be real.

7. When a popular county supervisor with roots in both the Indian and Mexican communities dies under suspicious circumstances, Detective Morrison calls Tempe in on the case.

8. Tempe and Hutch decide it’s time they buy cell phones even though there is no service in much of the area where they live, including most of the Indian reservation.

9. A friend on the reservation takes Tempe and Hutch to the Painted Rock to see a five-hundred to a thousand year-old pictograph of the Hairy Man.

10. While helping with the investigation, Tempe finds there are many who not only had a reason for wanting the supervisor out of the way but also had the opportunity to make it happen including her husband, a community leader, her sister, and even Nick Two John.

11. Native American Nick Two John is responsible for Tempe’s awakening to the spiritual side of her heritage. He’s also a good friend, confidante, and ally.

12. Tempe helps a young woman with Down Syndrome who wants to become more independent and move out of her own mother’s home, though the community care facility where she wants to go is targeted by a malicious vandal.

13. A phone call directs Tempe to the Painted Rock site on a dark and rainy night, putting her life in danger.

To learn more, read Dispel the Mist, by Marilyn Meredith, available from has an e-book and trade paperback, as well as other online and regular bookstores.

About the Author:
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over twenty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Dispel the Mist from Mundania Press. Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series. No Sanctuary is the newest from Oak Tree Press.

She is a member of EPIC, four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, WOK, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in Springville CA, much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives. Visit her at

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen things to know about Deputy Tempe Crabtree”

  1. Wow! I’m really late in looking at this interview, but wanted to comment that I found it very interesting. I find Tempe to be a wonderful character and I need to read take more time to read about her.

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